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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 17, 2011 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

Championships in all four sports in seven years – isn’t that a new record?

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 17, 2011 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

Thats what my thoughts were that motivated the start to this thread.....

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 18, 2011 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

I think there are only a handful of cities that could ever do this right?

Boston
NYC
Philly
Washington
Miami
Detroit
Chicago
Minneapolis
St. Louis
Dallas (who btw have had two teams in the finals in the last 12 months)
Atlanta (although, they just lost their hockey team so they are no longer in the running)
Denver
Phoenix

I might have missed one or two, however its still a pretty short list, especially when you consider some of these cities have only made it to four team status during the last 10-20 years (Washington, Miami, Denver, Phoenix and Dallas) and several have moved in and out of this list during this time due to relocation (Atlanta, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles).

It doesn't take away from the accomplishment, which is great, it just shows that not many cities have been in the running.

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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 18, 2011 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

The seven year thing was something I learned from a sports enthusiast I work with. Sounded like it could bear out the premise of this thread.

I don’t give half a hoot about much of it myself, but when ‘we’ (my proximity to Boston requires this statement) are in the running for a particular championship I get on board.

The only team that actually is halfway important to me has always been the NY Yankees.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jun 18, 2011 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

Oh, i agree that it is impressive, i was just pointing out that it is something that could only happen in a few cities and actually only recently. While cities like Boston and NY are used to having teams in 4 sports, they are the exception. Consider this, this would have only been possible in 4 cities before 1967 (NY, Chicago, Detroit and Boston).

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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 18, 2011 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

I get ya now. Didn't think of that aspect.
I have a hard enough time with the musical threads - should probably stay away from these. Only saw the last couple of games, but I learned a lot about hockey (my friend's big flat screen helped)and I really enjoyed it.

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Poster: lillygetsthesquirrel Date: Jun 20, 2011 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

I think the fact that only a few cities could actually do this makes it all the more impressive. For a city to support franchises in the four big sports (excluding soccer for the time being) says a lot about that city. Most cities simply cannot spread the fan support and interest around like that. In Boston, and throughout New England, it's a cultural thing to support the local teams. I'm quite proud of the fans for that support and dedication, through thick and thin. Most cities see a run of bad seasons and the franchise is relocated or contracted, Boston hasn't allowed this to happen, and there have been plenty of dry spells through the years when the front runners and bandwagon jumpers were nowhere to be seen.

That being said, I think any real sports fan fully acknowledges that luck plays a HUGE role in winning any championship, let alone the cluster that Boston has recently seen. Only a jerk (who's more interested in success than his actual team) would take this recent run of titles and wave them in the faces of other cities' fans. That's shameful and embarrassing, and I feel compelled to apologize for that.

You can effectively split Bostonians into the under 40 and over 40 crowds and see a predictable split in attitude.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 17, 2011 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: City of Champions

Thats what my thoughts were that motivated the start to this thread.....